Popcorn | CUESA

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market »

Sat 8am–2pm | Tue & Thu 10am–2pm | SF

Jack London Square Farmers Market »

Sun 10am–3pm | Oakland

Mission Community Market »

Thu 4pm–8pm | SF


A popular, buttery snack that is usually eaten while watching movies, popcorn can truly be enjoyed anytime. Popcorn is made from corn kernels, which are whole grains. Corn kernels contain healthy oils, vitamin E, protein, many B vitamins, minerals, and fiber. At the farmers market, you can find heirloom varieties like the Ruby Red corn grown by Tierra Vegetables.

Homemade popcorn is healthier and more economical than prepackaged microwave popcorn, which can contain artificial flavors and colors, unhealthy oils, and calories. Plain or lightly seasoned popcorn is light and airy, making it a great a low-calorie snack. When making your own popcorn, you can choose the quality of the corn kernels and the cooking and toppings you want to use.

Use an oil with a high smoke point, such as organic canola, peanut, or grapeseed. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large saucepan on medium-high heat. Add 4 kernels into the oil and cover the pan. When the kernels pop, add ½ cup kernels. Cover, shake the pan to evenly coat the kernels with oil, and return to heat. Once the popping has slowed down, uncover, and add to a large bowl. Season the popcorn to your liking with butter, extra-virgin olive oil, truffle oil, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, dried herbs, maple syrup, or spices such as smoked paprika.

Recipes with Popcorn

Ballpark Brittle Miette

Ballpark Brittle

Meg Ray, Miette


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Learn More »